Definition of mafufunyana in English:

mafufunyana

(also mafofonyane, mafufunyane, mafunyana)

noun

South African
  • 1An emotional disorder, characterized by hysteria and hallucinations and often believed to be caused by witchcraft.

  • 2In plural The evil spirits which are believed to possess a person suffering from this disorder.

Origin

1950s. From Zulu amafufunyane, amafufunyana (singular ufufunyane, ufufunyana).

Pronunciation

mafufunyana

/ˌmafʊfʊnˈjɑːnə/ /ˌmafʊfʊnˈjanə/